A Little Too Late For New York Knicks
The New York Knicks were going to have to break history in order to make the playoffs this season. After a terrible start to the season, getting off to a 3-13 record, the Knicks had a lot of work to make up with the remaining three quarters of the season. This season also included two, nine game losing streaks which put the Knicks confidence and chances to make a playoff run down in the dumps.
With 20 games left on the schedule, it was now or never for this season. The Knicks started buying into Mike Woodson’s system and turned around the production on the court. The Knicks ended up winning 15 of the 20 games and battled an Atlanta Hawks team that once saw themselves sitting in the third spot of the Eastern Conference to barely making the playoffs.
The consistent play of J.R Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire in the starting lineup really helped out Carmelo Anthony who carried the team all season long. There finally wasn’t just one scoring option on the court at all times, which gave defensives fits. It was harder to double Anthony because it would lead to open three pointers for Smith and plays in the paint for Stoudemire.
The weight that Carmelo Anthony was carrying all season long proved to be too much. An MRI earlier this week discovered a small tear in his right labrum which ended the season for Anthony two games early. Surgery will not be required so some rest over the summer to go along with treatment will get Anthony ready for next season.
As many fans would wonder why it took this talented Knicks team to click so late in the season and not buy into their coach’s game plan in mind blowing. After coming off an impressive season where the Knicks won the Atlantic Division, the Knicks needed new players to step up as team leaders which clearly did not happen. Plenty of rumors swept through the team regarding many players as well as the coach also played a factor in distracting this team on the court.
This offseason will be huge for the Knicks chances next season as well as the future of the franchise. Carmelo Anthony has the ability to opt out of his contract and sign with another team which would be devastating to this franchise. Many believe that a new coach will be in charge to start the new season as Mike Woodson seems to get the blame for this awful season.
Phil Jackson will have his hands full once this season comes to an end. Hopefully the Zen master can master the offseason.
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